New Orleans Saints could go after two veterans for nickel cornerback position

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November 17, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman (21) scores a touchdown after intercepting a pass during the third quarter at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

In the much anticipated press conference Monday from New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., and special teams coordinator Greg McMahon, one thing was mentioned that they are still looking for is a player for the nickel cornerback position.

The Saints may have thought it would have been easier to snag a cornerback in free agency after Tracy Porter left for the Denver Broncos.  However, the team hasn’t had much success lately.

Cornerbacks that the Saints have been or should have been interested in have either re-signed with their original team or signed with another.  Drayton Florence was the latest one they could have gone after but he signed with the Broncos.

The Saints have Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer as starters with Johnny Patrick backing them up as the third corner.  While the solution seems to be Patrick, the issue is always “what if” there is an injury to any three.

Currently, the remaining cornerbacks on the roster are either rookies or players with limited experience that would be a bit iffy to throw into the fire during the season if someone was to go down because of an injury.

Free agent cornerback Justin King has been brought up because he played under Spagnuolo with the St. Louis Rams.  Yet, King just isn’t that outstanding and if Spagnuolo really wanted him, he would have been signed already.

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  • DARKTHRONE

    Gene-
    Couldn’t agree more with you… there’s a huge drop off of “known” talent at CB after our starters and Johnny Patrick is no sure thing, although I like what I’ve seen of him.
    With the elite QB’s and Wr’s out there, and on our schedule, we can’t rely on the “magic” we had last year of having the injury bug nowhere in sight.
    Even when Drew signs, w/out a solid 2ndary, things could look a whole lot like 2007-2008.
    And we even have questions on the D-line left over from last year…
    There was minimal pressure put on opposing QB’s, and our 2ndary had to work overtime… 
    So, questionable D-line, AND a questionable DB situation?
    Depressing thought(s)…
    “Romeus, Romeus… where for art thou Romeus..?”
    And add at least one more CB for the sake of sanity.
    And although I’ll feel better when the headlines read, “Brees Signs”… our D-woes, added w/a new D-coordinator= one huge ????
    Spags has been up and down… in NY, he had the personnel to get the job done, especially the front 4. The Giants LB’s weren’t anything to skip over either.
    ON OUR D-LINE LAST YEAR: No more Rogers or Franklin at DT, which is cool w/me.  A rotation of Ellis, Ayodele, Bunkley, and maybe, maybe Hicks could be better.  When Remi “The Frohawk” played w/us in 2009, Will Smith and to a degree Charles Grant were freed-up.  Smith had 13 1/2 sacks?
    Plus, we have youth at DE this year, especially whilst Smith is out w/his suspension= Cam, Galette, Romeus and Broughton… add vet McBride to that group and we are looking at a new-look D-line.
    And a new DC… w/a new system.
    Not that I’m NOT looking forward to seeing what unfolds, but this year could be transitional/tough to watch when our D trots out on the field.
    I like our LB acquisitions on paper, but we’ll have to see how that unfolds…
    Shootouts anyone?
    PA